Over the past week, Havana's been sleeping outside her hide, pressed up against the glass in the corner of her enclosure. Her skin is now duller, and her eyes have become a cloudy blue. Thomas and I have kept the humidity in her tank high so that … [Read more...] about Havana’s Pre-Shedding Ritual
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Of course they're also called royal pythons, but I'm pretty sure it's self-evident from this picture why we call them ball pythons. … [Read more...] about And That’s Why They’re Called Ball Pythons
Absolutely nothing: there is no difference. "Ball python" and "royal python" are just two different names for the same thing. The scientific name for a ball python or royal python is python regius, which is where the term royal python comes from. … [Read more...] about What’s the Difference Between a Ball Python and a Royal Python?
On Friday night we tried to feed Havana again, but this time she refused to eat. I knew she might not want to feed because she looked close to shedding, but I still wanted to give it a try in case she would have one more meal before it was time for … [Read more...] about Eating Troubles
As I stated in the previous article, it's a good idea to wash your hands after handling a snake or anything in its enclosure. This is because reptiles and amphibians are often hosts to salmonella. Washing your hands prevents you from getting infected … [Read more...] about How Dangerous is a Snake With Salmonella?
It's a good idea to wash your hands before you hold a snake. Snakes have very poor sight in comparison to other animals, so they depend primarily on their sense of smell to tell them whether or not something is edible. If you've recently handled … [Read more...] about Washing Hands Before and After Snake Handling
Havana's been sleeping a lot since we fed her. Thomas tells me she woke up at around 1 AM yesterday and was really active, but I was already asleep at that point, so I didn't get any pictures. Since the only photographs I've recently been able to … [Read more...] about A Python With an Attitude
When you've got a new pet, especially when it's a species you've never owned before, the most difficult thing is figuring out how to care for that pet. Besides that, you have to grab a slew of pet supplies, like an enclosure, bedding, pet food and … [Read more...] about What Should I Name My Pet Ball Python?
Thomas and I fed Havana for the first time (since we got her) this past Friday. Three-year-old ball pythons are supposed to be eating large-sized rats, but I have a feeling her previous owner was only feeding her medium-sized rats or even mice, which … [Read more...] about First Feeding
Cross film noir with a ball python and this is what you'll get. … [Read more...] about Snake Art